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chew

verb [I or T] uk   us   /tʃuː/
B2 to crush food into smaller, softer pieces with the teeth so that it can be swallowed: This meat is difficult to chew. You don't chew your food enough - that's why you get indigestion.B2 to bite something with your teeth, usually in order to taste its flavour: Would you like some gum to chew? She gave the children some sweets to chew (on) during the long car journey. She sat in the dentist's waiting room, nervously chewing (at) (= biting) her nails.
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noun [C] uk   us   /tʃuː/
an act of chewing something a piece of hard food that can be given to an animal to chew: dog chews mainly UK a hard sweet that gets softer the more you chew it
Translations of “chew”
in Arabic يَمْضُغ…
in Korean -을 씹다…
in Malaysian kunyah…
in French mãcher…
in Turkish çiğnemek, tıka basa doldurup çiğnemek…
in Italian masticare…
in Chinese (Traditional) 咀嚼, 嚼碎, (為品嚐味道而)嚼,咬…
in Russian жевать, пережевывать…
in Polish pogryźć, żuć…
in Vietnamese nhai…
in Spanish masticar, mascar…
in Portuguese mastigar…
in Thai เคี้ยว…
in German kauen…
in Catalan mastegar…
in Japanese かむ…
in Indonesian mengunyah…
in Chinese (Simplified) 咀嚼, 嚼碎, (为品尝味道而)嚼,咬…
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